England Set for Bumper South Africa Tour

Updated: 17 November 2014 18:33 IST

England will play four Tests against hosts South Africa towards the end of 2015 with the first contest in Durban.

England Set for Bumper South Africa Tour
Alastair Cook's English team is ranked fourth while the Proteas are at the top of the table currently. © AP

Johannesburg:

England will tour South Africa for a four-test series in late 2015 and early 2016.

The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa announced the schedule on Monday for a tour that will also include five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games.

The tests will be in Durban from Dec. 26-30, Cape Town from Jan. 2-6, Johannesburg from Jan. 14-18 and Centurion from Jan. 22-26. The limited-overs matches are in February at the end of England's two-month tour.

South Africa is currently top-ranked in tests and No. 2 in ODIs.

ECB managing director Paul Downton said: "it will be a real challenge which our emerging team will relish."

Despite South Africa's success in the five-day format, it hasn't played a four-test series since England's last visit in 2009-10 when the teams drew 1-1.

Topics : England South Africa Cricket
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